Keemonta Peterson

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Keemonta Peterson

Keemonta Peterson is a woman, mother of 4, from Oregon who in 2010 tried to circumcise her 3-month-old son with a box-cutter.[1]

Peterson wanted to have her son circumcised after being inspired by reading the Old Testament, but decided to do it herself in Oct. 2010 because she thought he was too old for doctors to perform the procedure on him, the paper reported.[1]

Keemonta Peterson told police she watched some YouTube videos about circumcisions. Then around midnight on the morning of Oct. 24 - using a box cutter as a scalpel and a pair of pliers as a tourniquet - she began the procedure. She had no experience. When she couldn't control the bleeding, she tried to stitch her baby while her 13 year old son watched on distressed. After two hours, Peterson called 911. The infant was rushed to the ER initially in critical condition.

Peterson was arrested under accusations of first- and second-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment. According to the prosecutor’s motion, a doctor described the baby’s condition upon arrival as life threatening, and the pain as immense. The boy appears to have recovered with no apparent permanent injury.

Peterson told authorities that she follows the “Hebrew” religion, but doesn’t attend services at any particular establishment.[2]

She pleaded guilty to criminal mistreatment.[3] She was was sentenced to five years probation.[4]

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Eric Bergstrom
The reality is you love your children and had absolutely no intent to harm your child. The good news is that your son is not permanently harmed. (NY Daily News)[1]


  1. a b c REFweb (16 August 2011). Mom who used box-cutter to circumcise 3-month-old baby gets five years probation. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  2. REFweb Green, Aimee (8 April 2011). More details emerge about Portland mom who is accused of trying to circumcise her baby at home, The Oregonian, Oregon Live. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  3. REFweb Kotz, Pete (16 August 2011). Keemonta Peterson Encounters Problems With a DIY Home Circumcision, True Crime Report. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  4. REFweb Dover, Sara (16 August 2011). Mom Gets Probation After Botched Circumcision, NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 19 March 2020.